Take your young people on the trip of a lifetime with African Adventures’ 2021 Graduate Engagement Programme, where you can spend 10 days in Africa volunteering at one of our partner community projects, and make a lasting impact in a developing community.
Designed for youth development organisations looking to inspire their young people, African Adventures’ Graduate Engagement Programme departs on the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th April 2021. Groups can choose from one of three trips to Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar, and help to teach in schools, build new classrooms or coach multi-sports.
You’ll spend the weekdays volunteering at one of our 25 partner projects before making the most of your downtime with an exciting adventure weekend.
Your young people will learn about a fascinating new culture, whilst working together to make a difference at their partner school, before returning better global citizens with memories to treasure.
Our team of friendly, experienced staff are there with you from start to finish. In the UK, we’ll help launch your trip to your young people and get everyone ready for travel before handing over to our expert in-country teams to look after you from the moment you arrive in Africa until you come home.
What’s more, for every 10 young people who travel, we’ll fund a free staff place for you. Get in touch today and we’d be delighted to help you get started.
Youth Fed’s 2019 African Adventure in Ghana (© Youth Fed)
Want to find out more?
The Graduate Engagement Programme Package
We’ve made sure we’ve included everything we can before you go, and whilst you’re away:
- Free staff place with every 10 volunteers
- Dedicated UK Trip Co-ordinator
- Launch presentation and pre-departure meeting
- Fundraising support
- Access to our online portal, My African Adventure, for trip information, travel advice, payments and planning
- Travel insurance
- Financial protection under the ATOL scheme
- African Adventures t-shirt
- Visa application support
When You Travel
- Return flights from London Heathrow*
- Return airport transfers in-country and daily transport
- Dedicated in-country Trip Host
- Single-sex, shared accommodation
- Three meals per day (except adventure days)
- Planned project work
- Adventure tour (as per above)
- 24-hour support in the event of an emergency
- Cultural events and activities
- Project development contribution
What’s Not Included
Very little, actually.
- UK medical expenses – any vaccinations or antimalarial tablets
- Visa fee (£30-£60, subject to destination)
- DBS check for over 18s
During your trip
*Flights from regional airports (Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Brmingham) cost £50 extra per person
Five Reasons To Join
Frequently Asked Questions
Your grads will finish the programme with:
- Better money-management skills, having had to budget, plan and raise their own money.
- A deeper understanding of global issues and challenges to development.
- Experience of a significantly different culture, and the flexibility to adjust to a different way of life.
- An enhanced ability to work as part of a team to achieve a common goal.
- A greater ability to improvise and demonstrate resilience, whether inside a classroom environment, or whilst working towards project construction goals.
Our Graduate Engagement Trips are an incredible tool to help you maintain engagement with your young people once your own programme has finished. You will be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to youth development in the UK and Africa, and your organisation will return with great visual content that can be used to help drive future recruitment to your own programme.
We’re ready when you are!
The trips depart on Saturday 3rd April 2021, so the sooner you have your group registered, the sooner you can get started.
Participating in the trip means that every individual is responsible for their trip costs, so they must take ownership of their fundraising plan, together with support from their family. African Adventures provides ongoing support but is not responsible for individual volunteers’ fundraising.
We have lots of brilliant fundraising tools to use, helping to ensure volunteers raise the money they need. In 2019, an incredible 41% of our volunteers raised 50% or more of their trip costs through fundraising events.
The best way to approach fundraising is to split the total amount into monthly targets, and split that smaller target between personal savings, part-time work, individual fundraising events and group fundraising events.
If a volunteer wishes to cancel their place, they can do so at any time. Their deposit (£195) is non-refundable and there are incremental cancellation fees if a volunteer cancels 150 days or less prior to departure.
We run our Graduate Engagement Programme for young people aged 15+.
No; African Adventures is a social enterprise. Our volunteers carry out fundraising to cover their trip costs – this is an important part of the African Adventures experience. The money that volunteers raise funds all aspects of their trip, such as flights, accommodation and adventure activities. As this money is not raised for a charity, volunteers should use crowdfunding webpages (e.g. FundMyTravel), rather than charity pages such as Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving.
Some volunteers choose to fundraise for our charitable arm, African Adventures Foundation, on their return from Africa. Because African Adventures Ltd. covers the running costs, African Adventures Foundation is able to ensure that 100% of the money donated is sent to where it is needed most, meaning that real impact can be made. Visit aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.